Little did I know that these fashion week adventures that I’ve been experiencing during the last year would result in friendships I hope will last a lifetime. Mandy, the (multi)talented force behind the blog Oracle Fox, was one of those people I immediately fell in love with, after living together for a couple of days during Paris fashion week in September last year. Never have I met anyone so positive, caring and selfless in this industry. Luckily enough this Aussie returned to Paris again for fashion in February and I had the pleasure of shooting with Mandy a couple of times during her time in the City of Light.
For more photos and outfit details please visit Mandy’s blog.
Lately I’ve been quite bad at keeping you guys updated over here (I know, don’t hate me) but things are going faster and quicker (which means more updates) on Instagram. So what have I been up to lately? Well, I met up with the lovely Lauren for a little juice date at our favourite La Caféothèque, ate pink raspberry macarons from Carette that matches my pink Barbour x Pantone jacket perfectly and passed pretty balconies in full bloom. I met up with the super sweet Denni at Ladurée where we indulged in yummy treats, strolled through Jardin du Luxembourg and missed early evening photo sessions together with Nicole and her adorable kitty flats that we had during fashion week. During one of the warmest spring evenings so far I walked by Notre Dame and spent the evening drinking wine together with one of my best friends, took a Sunday stroll on Promenade plantée, admired all the pretty flowers in Jardin des Plantes (which I’ll share more from very soon), had afternoon tea together with the lovely Reem and sat down by the river to flick through a bunch of fashion magazines while getting some sun.
Thanks to a lovely wine date at La Buvette together with a couple of girls the other week, I fell in love with the golden chain around Meg‘s neck. After ten minutes and yet another round of wine both Lindsey and I had ordered home a necklace of our own. It was (of course) impossible to only click home one little gem so this bow necklace got to come home with me as well.
These pink fluffy flowers right next to the Notre Dame are one of the best spring signs I can think of. Since I’ve lived quite close to this little spot ever since I came to Paris for the very first time I’ve seen all this pink bloom three springs in a row now. 2012, when I stayed in this city for four months only (and had no idea I would one day return). Last year, 2013, when I decided to move back and now this year. It’s become somewhat of a little tradition now I guess, and a tradition I don’t mind keeping.
Within a week all of the trees in the park behind the cathedral had turned green, it was almost as they had changed overnight. And soon these pretty pink flowers will be gone. It’s no wonder that spring is my favourite season in this city. Everything – both people and plants – suddenly come alive to enjoy a little bit of sunshine. I love it! …And without (hopefully) jinxing it: this is probably the sunniest spring I’ve experienced in this city so far. Keep it going Paris!
So after moving around in this city at least eight times (within one year) so far I’m beginning to get friends with the idea of actually looking into to finding myself a little Parisian flat for a longer amount of time. So why haven’t I done this earlier you might ask? Is it because I like living in three different suitcases or is it because I simply adore not having a real home? Neither. Honestly, it’s because I’ve been afraid of getting restrained by something long-term since I’m not entirely sure where I see myself in the future. All of the sudden I’ve become a person who’s scared of commitment and getting tied down – words that I never would have thought would leave my mouth a year ago (oh, how time can change things). Although now it actually feels like I’ve reached a point where I can’t stand not being able to buy those cute little cups for myself, not being able to paint my own walls or not being able to go away and knowing that a my home is waiting for me when I return. Even though I’m still a bit intimidated by the thought of signing my name to something for a whole year (or maybe even three?!) I feel like I’m (kind of) ready to be a (little bit) tied down.
My goal for the summer of 2014? To find myself a little place here in the city that I love so madly, which I can call my own and finally start decorating myself. Of course that quintessential Parisan apartment with floor to ceiling windows with a small cast iron balcony overlooking the part of town where the sun sets every day is what I’d like to end up with… Sounds pretty dreamy, no? Well, think again and this time add non English speaking landlords, mildew problems, non exciting kitchens, views over dark courtyards which allows you to be close enough to you neighbours for them to see you change every morning and flats the size of your closet to the list. Nah, not so dreamy after all.
A little treat from Pierre Hermé to brighten up this moody and windy Tuesday in Paris. Filled with sablé pastry, lemon cream, strawberry and banana compote and wild strawberries on top – also known as the Désiré in their boutique.
Having been a long time fan of the brand Barbour myself I was utterly excited when they kindly asked me to shoot their latest collection, a collaboration together with Pantone, in Paris. When I saw the pieces for the first time I immediately knew that we needed to take advantage of the fact the the whole city was in bloom. I can never not go crazy for some spring blossoms, right? Pinks, green, blue and purple – I was in colour heaven. Getting the opportunity to work on these kind of projects is one of the things I enjoy the most, it’s always a pleasure getting to be creative as a part of your job. …But I don’t think I’ll be able to let that pretty blue coat go. Or the pink one either for that matter…
Another neat part of this is that you now get the chance to win pieces from the Barbour x Pantone collection, and maybe even take home the grand prize of a stay at the Pantone hotel in Brussels. Enter the competition by uploading your own photo to their website and match it with one of the Pantone colours. Have fun and good luck!
Too find out more and to see the rest of the colour bloggers who got to be a part of this project, click here. Featured pieces: Barbour x Pantone quilted jacket in the colours Apple, Dk Chambray, Bright Pink and Pearl/Olive. Barbour x Pantone polo top in the colour Pearl. Model: Sophia Flynn.
• I started this week with a morning date at the newly opened La Trésorerie together with the loveliest friends. Marissa covered it perfectly if you’re curious to see what we were up to during a Tuesday morning in Paris.
• I loved reading Jamie Beck‘s little mini study in film vs. digital photography. You learn something new every day!
• Linda Lomelino always manage to whip up the most amazing baking goods. This yummy pavlova did not disappoint. Now I’m craving sugar.
• Irene Suchocki‘s photographs always take my breath away.
Beautiful Parisian windows, the view over idyllic Île Saint-Louis, wild strawberry tart at Carette, Place des Vosges, blossoms in Jardin du Luxembourg, stumbling upon love and magic in the streets of Paris and pink Magnolia blooms. The beautiful view from Lauren’s Parisian flat, morning coffee at Coutume, a sea of pastel coloured roses, Jardin du Palais Royal and the biggest congratulations ever to my love Grace who recently became a mommy for the first time. I couldn’t be happier for you.
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